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Dale Bennett: Sikorsky-Lockheed Team to Build AF Helicopter Replacement

Helicopter RadarA team of Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) team has won a potential $7.9 billion U.S. Air Force contract to build the branch’s next Combat Rescue Helicopter, Defense News reported Thursday.

Marcus Weisgerber writes the team will build 112 Sikorsky Black Hawks equipped with Lockheed mission systems as replacement for the HH-60G Pave Hawks under the potential $7.9 billion contract.

“We are proud to expand our long-standing relationship with the US Air Force and Sikorsky, providing a new aircraft system capable of performing the vital personnel recovery missions, including combat rescue and casualty evacuation, ” said Dale Bennett, Lockheed executive vice president for mission systems and training.

Sikorsky will build the helicopters at its facility in Connecticut, while the mission equipment will be installed by Lockheed in New York.

Weisgerber reports the replacement program received funding from Congress through the defense appropriations budget passed in January.

“We had the need, we had a proposal on the table, which was a good buy for the taxpayer, we had seed money from the Congress … these were the various factors, ” said Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James.

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